Doughty School Receives Top Honor 

The Blue Ribbon of Excellence Award, only two schools in Maine received it this year.The Doughty School in Bangor is one of those schools.Senator Susan Collins was there Thursday to present the honor.The Senator became an honorary bulldog when she presented the James Doughty School in Bangor with the Blue Ribbon of Excellence, the highest award a school can receive.Superintendent Betsy Webb says the award is a testament to the school’s mission.”This school has really embraced creating a culture of readers and mathematicians and they are hardworking and dedicated students that really are going after our mission of academic excellence for all,” she said.Only 324 schools in the country are Blue Ribbon schools.Senator Collins entered the achievement in the Congressional Record. She presented the school with a plaque during the ceremony.”I think it’s important that this community has supported education for many, many years and that this is the kind of recognition that really demonstrates their investment has a great payoff,” Webb said.The program was created in 1982 by the Department of Education. The Blue Ribbon awards schools that are either high performing or have improved student achievement to high levels.Student Body President Charlie Hanscom believes faculty at his school deserve a lot of credit.”The teachers, they have such energy in helping us out, I think it really reflects on how we do on these standardized tests and it kind of sets us apart,” he said.